An Italian Feast at Parmigiano (

(This article was published in last March 23, 2011)

Despite being far from the pizza and pasta capital of the world, Filipinos have somehow developed a great liking for these dishes. On those occasions that we take a break from our rice meals, we crave for some cheese-laden pasta or pizza (at least, I do). With the abundance of Italian places in the metro, it’s no trouble at all to satisfy such cravings, but it’s always good to try something new.

There’s a new Italian place on the block, which kids and adults alike will enjoy—it’s called Parmigiano Pizzeria Ristorante. During one Sunday lunch out with my whole family, we decided to satisfy our Italian food cravings and headed to Parmigiano inside Resorts World Manila. It is a nice casual place that is spacious as well—enough to accommodate our big group of 12 people. The elegant simplicity of this restaurant is what enticed us to try it out. It has a nice feel to it. The décor is surprisingly chic and comfortable at the same time. Even if we were all dressed casually, we felt at ease with the simple yet stylish interiors.

The focal point is the counter at the end of the restaurant, where you can see a prominent display of Manny O wines, and where you can get a glimpse of what looks like a brick oven.

Comfort food for all ages

The classic favorites were all present in Parmigiano’s menu. There’s a good selection of pasta, pizza, risotto and other main courses. As an appetizer, we ordered a big plate of Fruittura Di Calamari (P395), which is deep-fried breaded baby squid that is served with marinara sauce and aioli dip. While waiting for our orders, we were given some complimentary bread to whet our appetite. The bread was served with two dips—one is a mixture of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, while the other is like an Italian version of a salsa (minced tomatoes, bell pepper, Parmesan cheese and olive oil).

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